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What Are Best Types of Windows for Your Home?

When remodeling your home, or having it built from the ground up, there are a lot of important considerations you should have. Among those is your choice about what kind of windows work best with the shape and function of each room in your house. There are a ton of options you have to choose from, and different types of windows serve unique purposes. Today, we’ll take a look at what the best types of windows for your home are.

Double-Hung Windows

Double-Hung Windows from Marvin’s Elevate Collection

Double-hung windows are one of the most common and recognizable window styles, even if you don’t recognize them by that name. Double-hung windows utilize two operating sashes, allowing you to create ventilation from the top or bottom. This flexibility in choice and functionality makes double-hung windows a popular choice for homeowners. The classic yet stylish look is perfect for bedrooms where you want optimal ventilation. Double-hung windows are also one of the most commonly produced types, meaning you’ll have a wide range of manufacturers to choose from.

Casement Windows

Gorgeous casement windows from MI Windows.

Casement windows offer unique functions and optimize clear sightlines to help bring a ton of light in. To operate casement windows, you utilize a crank that creates a vertical opening for ventilation. We love the implementation of casement windows for sitting rooms, bedrooms, and main living spaces as they allow for maximum light to enter each room. Many homeowners appreciate the modern style casement windows offer, and how the vertical openings allow them to more intentionally direct airflow within their homes. One downside to casement windows is that due to their narrow openings, they can be difficult to clean the exterior of. However, some brands, such as Marvin, have found creative solutions that allow you to turn the exterior inside for cleaning. When searching for the best window types for your home, casement windows are a great choice.

Sliding Windows

Modern, wood-framed sliding windows from Marvin.

The simplistic functionality of sliding windows doesn’t take away from their modern, eye-catching appearance. sliding windows function in the same manner as sliding doors, with one panel that slides open to allow for airflow. We love their addition to common spaces such as kitchens and living rooms. The ease of use also provides for clear sightlines and optimal light. If you like to constantly open and close your windows, sliding windows are a style you should take a look at.

Bay and Bow Windows

Plants getting some much needed sun on this bay window from Jeld Wen.

Bay and bow windows are instantly recognizable as centerpieces of the rooms where they’re implemented. These window styles either curved (bay) or flat (bow) and are matched best with rooms where you want ample views outside. They’re a wonderful statement piece for the room where they’re utilized. Homeowners love the way bay and bow windows can create shelf space, increasing the functionality of the window beyond just a way to create ventilation and entry of light. While one of the best types of windows for your home, you should be aware bay and bow windows may require framing work done to your house to properly install.

There are diverse options homeowners have at their disposal when choosing which type of window fits each room. If you want expert advice, don’t hesitate to contact the Window Team at the Design Center by National Lumber. Our team has the knowledge that will help you select which window type and collection from which manufacturer is best for your needs. Contact us today to get started.

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Lumber Forecast Spring 2021

With Spring well underway, it is once again time to take a look at the state of the lumber market. The trends that persisted throughout a record-shattering 2020 have not reversed or slowed down for much of the year as some experts anticipated. However, there has been a gradual slowing very recently that may finally indicate a calming market ahead. Let’s take a look at the lumber forecast for Spring 2021.

Record-Breaking Numbers

By all accounts, 2020 was a shocking year for those in the building material industry, both on the supply and consumption sides. Record highs continued being broken month after month. However, due to the seasonal nature of the building industry, and supply chains rebounding from pandemic related-delays, closures, and understaffing, many industry experts predicted prices would level out and products would be easier to come by. This has not been the case thus far this year. In fact, on May 10th, prices for lumber products hit an all-time high at a record of $1,711 per thousand board feet, and over 200% increase from lumber prices the same time last year when the lumber boom began. Prices continue to rise despite the fact that production shortages have reversed, with February seeing a 13-year high for lumber production. These staggering numbers lead some experts to believe that even if prices go down, they may not fall to pre-boom costs anytime in the foreseeable future.

Calmer Waters Ahead?

While high prices are expected to persist at least through summer, there is some hope that calmer waters are ahead. Following the all-time high seen on May 10th, the prices for lumber futures saw a day-to-day decline every day since. This is encouraging news to builders who are hoping for more pricing stability in the near future. However, due to consistent demand at least through the summer season, the declining futures prices are more indicative of hopeful shifts at least a few months out instead of within the next few weeks.

What Impacts Does This Boom Have On the Industry?

Aside from high prices, issues are primarily existing in the industry right now due to sky-high demand. Mortgage rates continue to remain low, and with homebuyers anxious to take advantage of these rates, home builders are striving to keep up with demand. While production is strong, shipping materials has been a challenge that is creating more delays to get products to distributors. Trucking agencies are experiencing staffing shortages leading to slower deliveries. This issue is compounding with demand to create a perfect storm of high prices and low availability. And all these challenges come as the industry enters its busiest period in the summer months.

What Steps Can Builders Take?

Delays are an inevitable reality of the current state of the market, but they can still be mitigated. Our best advice is for builders to keep lines of communication open with the National Lumber team to ensure we can best meet your needs. Right now, no amount of time is too early to start planning your pr0ject and coordinating orders for the materials you’ll need to get the job done. Our team is working hard to get you the most up-to-date estimates possible and provide delivery timelines with as much accuracy as we can feasibly manage given the current state of the market. By starting early and communicating often, we can help make sure that your projects can continue uninterrupted.

If you’d like to get started, contact the National Lumber team today.